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Heres whats new in the 2022 Acura MDX
While the 2022 Acura MDX looks quite similar to other models from the brand, it features a brand-new chassis and body. However, under the hood, you’ll find the familiar 3.5-liter V6 developing 290 hp and 267 lb-ft. The only transmission available is a 10-speed automatic. Additionally, all-wheel drive is available for a price bump. While these powertrain components aren’t new, they are part of what made the previous-gen MDX so robust.
In terms of tech, the 2022 Acura MDX now features a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and a 12.3-inch center display. Aside from catching up with competitors from BMW and Audi, these additions modernize the cabin. Speaking of the cabin, the 2022 model gets a more upscale-looking set of seats and leather trim throughout. The result is that the MDX truly looks like a luxury SUV.
However, significant upgrades tend to come with a price bump, and the 2022 Acura MDX is not immune. According to Acura, the new MDX starts at $46,900 with front-wheel drive. Opt for all-wheel drive, and the price quickly climbs to $48,900. The top trim model, however, the MDX with Advance Package, starts at $60,650. For context, the previous-gen model started at $44,500, and the highest trim started at less than $60,000.
Infotainment and Connectivity
The 2022 MDX features a large 12.3-inch infotainment display with a center-console-mounted touchpad controller, which we’re sorry to report is somewhat frustrating to use. A 12.3-inch digital reconfigurable gauge display is also standard, as are Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability, in-dash navigation, a Wi-Fi hotspot, and a wireless smartphone charging pad. An ELS Studio stereo system is included on the Technology trim while the A-Spec and Advanced models get a 16-speaker ELS Studio 3D setup.
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
The base 2022 MDX boasts EPA fuel-economy ratings of 19 mpg city and 26 mpg highway. Opting for all-wheel drive reduces the highway rating by 1 mpg. On our 75-mph highway fuel-economy route, our all-wheel drive A-Spec test vehicle delivered a disappointing 22 mpg. The Type S model did slightly better and returned a 23 mpg result. For more information about the MDX’s fuel economy, visit the EPA’s website.
How does the Acura stack up one of BMWs finest SUVs?
To see just how good the 2022 Acura MDX appears to be on paper, let’s stack it up against Consumer Reports‘ highest-rated luxury midsized SUV. The 2021 BMW X5 starts at just under the highest specced MDX with a base price of $59,400. For this, you get a turbocharged inline-six engine developing 335 hp. Like with both the Lexus and Acura, the BMW offers an optional all-wheel-drive system, although it shoots up the price to $61,700.
Thankfully, even the base model BMW X5 features a digital instrument cluster and a sizable infotainment screen. However, be prepared to pay up extra if you want options such as leather upholstery, remote start, a heads up display, and driver assistance features. While some of these are optional in the Acura MDX and Lexus RX, they are offered for considerably less.
Regardless, it seems the 2022 Acura MDX is a formidable competitor for the best that Lexus and BMW can offer. Once it arrives, we’ll be able to see just how it stacks up in the real world.